FRASCATIUS ANCIENTSA BEAUTIFUL STYLIZED ANCIENT SILVER DRACHM (GADHAIYA PAISA) OF THE CHALUKYAS OF GUJARAT (INDIA) FROM THE 11TH CENTURY AD.
HIGH QUALITY - BEAUTIFUL ABSTRACT DESIGN THAT IS 1,000 YEARS OLD
ACCORDING TO DEYELL, THIS TYPE TENDED TO SHOW SOME DEBASEMENT OF THE SILVER
THE SIZE IS 18.7 MM AND 4.12 GRAMS.
Deyell 158, Mitchener 427
OBVERSE – Degenerate Indo-Sasanian style bust right, sun and moon above
REVERSE – Stylized fire altar, sun (consisting of rosette of dots) above left, crescent moon above right
The Indo-Sassanian's for centuries copied the design of the Sassanion Drachm Design of Persia which invented the design. The Obverse is a stylized bust facing right with the hair flowing left, and the reverse is a fire alter, common in the middle east up until this time period. Surrounding the alter is arms of servants to the religious ritual, both left and right. Pahlavi script was used on the coin and the dots you see might have been such script but worn through the ages.
Gujrat is very ancient state and dates back to pre-historic age. The name of the state is derived from Gujjaratta (Gurjar Rashtra), which means the land of the Gujjars. It is believed that a tribe of Gujjars traveled to India around the 5th century.
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